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April 22, 2012

Contact: Greg Dart
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RICHFIELD – The Snow College Board of Trustees unanimously approved April 13 two new academic programs that now will head to the Board of Regents for consideration.

The programs are in Industrial Mechanics and Nursing.

The Industrial mechanics programs include an Applied Associate Degree and two certificate programs.

“It is an outgrowth of some research we have done on what best fits the needs of our area,” said Mike Medley, Dean of the Career and Technical Education Division at Snow College.

After meetings with businesses and industry leaders in the area, the programs were formulated. The program will include coursework in hydraulics, industrial mechanics, welding, machine tool, and increased general education requirements from many applied degrees. About half of the courses are already offered on the campus.


The program would be primarily will be based in Richfield, however equipment purchases would be modular so they could be taken to areas such as Delta or Wayne County.

“This is an exciting new program,” said Gary Smith, Academic Vice President at Snow College.

The other program is an Associate of Science in Nursing. Currently, Snow College students can do pre-requisites and complete the Practical Nursing program as Snow College students. They can complete the registered nursing program on campus, but it is through Weber State University.

The new program would not only allow students to continue with an associate degree and become a registered nurse as a Snow College student, but it would be a harmonious transfer if a student wanted to do a bachelor’s degree.

Our eyes have been on this program for quite some time. The market and our industry has asked us to make this change,” said Dean Brereton, professor of Nursing. “We needed a way to create a registered nurse program.”

“Both these programs fall in line with our spirit,” said Smith. “They are workforce ready-transfer linked programs.”


The two programs will follow an Applied Associate Degree in Natural Resources that has been approved by the Board of Regents and now isbeing considered for accreditation. The Board of Trustees could vote on a proposed four-year program in Commercial Music as soon as next month.


Founded in 1888, Snow College serves nearly 5,000 students on its Ephraim and Richfield Campuses. With a full offering of transfer and career and technical programs, Snow College is committed to meeting the needs of Central Utah and beyond.